Chief (retired) Richard “Rick” Myers has more than 45 years serving in public safety, beginning as a street officer in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan. He has served as a police officer, public safety officer, deputy sheriff, and medical examiner investigator. Since his first chief of police appointment in 1984, he has served as a chief in six cities (five states) and as an interim chief in three communities (one state), including Sanford, Florida where he spent a year restoring community trust after the Trayvon Martin homicide. He has been a commissioner and chair of the Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA), served in leadership roles in several state police chiefs associations, and is a past board member of the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF).
He is a graduate of all three of the FBI’s leadership programs: FBI National Academy (NA), 156th Session; FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar (LEEDS), 26th Session; and the FBI National Executive Institute (NEI), 31st Session.
After his retirement from active policing, Myers served as Executive Director of the Major Cities Chiefs Association. Since 2019 he has been a consultant including working as a member of a federal monitor team for a large Midwest agency under consent decree. In 2022 he agreed to serve another interim leadership role with a police agency in the Denver, Colorado suburbs.